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Cashflow Forecasting Software:
Cashflow Plan Free - Details, Download & Register


Page Contents

1. Introduction to Cashflow Plan Free

2. Scope, Facilities & Features

3. Download Cashflow Plan Free

4. Cashflow Plan Free - Registration Instructions - Only relevant for earlier releases of Cashflow Plan Free

5. Cashflow Plan Free - Registration Form - Only relevant for earlier releases of Cashflow Plan Free

6. Other Cashflow Plan Versions



Note
Cashflow Plan Free is very useful in its own right. It is also a great introduction to the entire Cashflow Plan range. Once you have used Free, you'll be completely at home with the other more powerful versions which cover longer time horizons, handle more variables and contain additional facilities. Check here for details and specs.
 
 
Fast Facts

Name: Cashflow Plan (six versions).

Function: Microsoft Excel-based template for 12-month income, cash flow & balance sheet projections with roll-forward facility.

Uses: Cash flow planning, budgeting, raising finance, cash management.

For: Managers, consultants, entrepreneurs & startups.

Benefits: Easy-to-use. Expandable. Saves time & effort. Improves cash planning.

System: Windows 95/98/ Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/
Win7,8,10 with Excel 5,7,8,95,97,2000,XP,2003,
2007,2010,2013,2016.

Prices (US$): Free, 39, 79, 119, 159 or 199.

See Also: Exl-Plan for multi-year projections.

 
   

1. Introduction to Cashflow Plan Free

Cashflow Plan Free is an Excel-based business cash flow planner for short-term / high-level projections. Based on your assumptions, Cashflow Plan generates fully-integrated projections (income statements, cashflows, balances sheets etc.) for six months ahead using either UK/ International or US/ Canadian accounting conventions. It requires Excel (releases 5, 7, 8, 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016) running on Windows (95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win7,8,10).

Important Note: Cash-Plan requires a Windows-based, desktop version of Excel. It will not run, on account of its extensive use of macros, with any cloud-based versions of Excel (or other similar spreadsheet types). If using Office 365 or Office 16, Excel must be installed on a Windows PC.

Check the advantages of using Cashflow Plan instead of building your own spreadsheet planner.

Cashflow Plan Free incorporates extensive formulae and preprogrammed menus and buttons. You only need a very basic knowledge of Excel to prepare highly professional and presentable projections. Advanced Excel users can utilize their expertise to enhance and expand Cashflow Plan to meet their particular needs.

Cashflow Plan Free is very suitable for generating short-range, high-level financial projections for business cashflow planning for both smaller and larger businesses. It is also an ideal introduction to financial modeling for first-time planners and to the other more extensive and powerful planners within the Cashflow Plan range.

Cashflow Plan Free is the most "junior" version in the Cashflow Plan range of six planners which offer different levels of detail and complexity. It is identical in all key respects to Cashflow Plan Micro (US$39) except that it generates projections for just 6 months instead of 12 months with Micro.

The Cashflow Plan range also includes Micro, Lite, Plus, Super and Ultra versions which are much more powerful than Free and contain many additional features and facilities. They cover a 12-month time horizon and are available for immediately purchase/ use and as remotely-upgradeable trial copies from US$39 to US$199. Further details, download trial copies, FAQs and purchase/ upgrade options.

Quick Guide to Cashflow Plan Versions

Problem:
More businesses fail for lack of cash than for want of profit.
Solution:
Buy Cashflow Plan now to anticipate your cash needs.

Note: If you need projections extending beyond 12 months for a business plan etc., you should have a look at Exl-Plan, our range of fully-integrated financial planners which can generate projections for months and quarters extending to three, five or seven years. Details and trial-version downloads.
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2. Scope, Facilities & Features

Note that Cashflow Plan Free is identical in all key respects to Cashflow Plan Micro (US$39) except that it generates projections for just 6 months instead of 12 months with Micro. If you need multi-year projections, you should look at our Exl-Plan range here.

Cashflow Plan Free generates fully-integrated monthly profit and loss accounts (income statements), balance sheets and ratio analyses for six months ahead. Its primary output includes:

  • Over twenty pro-forma reports containing assumptions, cashflow projections, profit and loss accounts (income statements), balance sheets, performance reviews and summaries for 6 months and the half year.
  • Numerous graphs showing key projections, ratios etc. for months for about 50 variables.
  • A 10-page Textual Summary Report containing a summary of the projections in textual form with embedded values, graphs and tables.

Once loaded, Cashflow Plan Free automatically extends Excel's menu system (with about 130 additional options) and adds its own toolbar and online help system.

Cashflow Plan Free contains dozens of pre-formatted and protected worksheets incorporating thousands of formulae, assumption values etc. Its facilities and features include the following:

  • Facility for rolling assumptions and projections forward one month at a time. This enables Cashflow Plan Free to produce regularly-updated cashflow projections with only minimal work needed to update assumptions.
  • Twelve-week cashflow forecasts derived from monthly cashflow projections for the initial three months.
  • Quik-Plan tool to enable a user produce first-cut cashflow projections quickly (i.e. within about 10 minutes).
  • Cashflow Improver incorporating dynamic projections to help identify and enhance cash flows.
  • Facilities for inserting constant and varying monthly values and for entering assumptions based on seasonal patterns etc. specified by the user.
  • Selective what-if, or sensitivity analysis covering the six months and initial twelve weeks.
  • Book-marking facility to allow a user mark a location within a worksheet and to return quickly to it.
  • Multiple safeguards to protect formulae etc. and help prevent accidental changes being made to worksheets.
  • Extensive online help and complete manual contained in a 100-page Word document and an optional printed spiral-bound manual.
  • Series of Flash-based tutorials (running for 19 minutes) covering setting up Excel, getting started, the basics and using Quik-Plan.
  • Comprehensive set of tailored toolbar buttons.
  • Error trapping to advise when any of a dozen types of data entry or calculation errors arise.
  • Full access to worksheets and formulae to facilitate customization and expansion.

Cashflow Plan Free handles a wide range of assumption variables and financial functions. Many of these can be expanded or altered by the user in order to embrace existing spreadsheet-based data or to accommodate special user requirements. In addition, Cashflow Plan Free can be set to suppress the printing of rows containing no/zero values to enhance the conciseness and relevance of its output reports.

Quick Guide to Cashflow Plan Versions

Cashflow Plan Free is an open system which can be expanded or customized by users. The online help and manual describe almost twenty techniques or procedures for extending and tailoring Cashflow Plan Free.

2.1 Sales, Cost, Inventory & Overhead Assumptions

The range of sales, cost, inventory and overhead expenses assumptions handled by Cashflow Plan Free includes:

  • Monthly sales forecasts for a single sales group with five product/market subgroups which can be defined by the user.
  • Facilities for specifying the cost of materials/goods in percentage terms and for setting material inventory targets.
  • Direct labor head count and four other user-definable direct/variable cost categories.
  • Over fifteen user-definable categories of overhead expense.
  • Credit terms (up to four months) can be specified for each cost/expense variable.

2.2 Fixed Asset, Investment & Financing Assumptions

The range of fixed asset, investment and financing assumptions handled by Cashflow Plan Free covers:

  • Fixed assets with provision for handling depreciation (calculated from original cost or using double declining balance) and additions/disposals.
  • Separate interest rates for cash balances, overdraft and long-term debt with facilities for deferring interest payments and receipts.
  • Facilities for increasing and decreasing long-term debt and assigning it between short- and long-term liabilities.
  • Handling of revenue grants/subsidies and non-repayable capital grants.
  • Share issues, dividends and corporation tax for corporations and cash injections, drawings and income taxes for sole traders, partnerships etc.

2.3 Credit Assumptions & Input/Output Taxes

The range of credit assumptions and input/output tax - Sales Taxes, Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods & Services Tax (GST) - facilities handled by Cashflow Plan Free includes:

  • Provision for setting credit terms (up to 6 months ahead) for sales and related purchases (materials or goods for resale).
  • Facilities for deferring cash payments relating to many categories of monthly overheads, capital expenditure, dividends, grants etc.
  • Where applicable, sales/output tax rates can be set for sales.
  • Where taxes apply to inputs, there are facilities for defining these taxes (VAT, GST etc.), setting different tax rates for inputs & capital expenditure; for specifying tax payment months; and for paying tax on an invoice or cash-received basis.

Cashflow Plan Free incorporates extensive online help covering over 130 topics including the following:

Very Quick Start
Welcome to Cashflow Plan
Cashflow Planning
Introducing Cashflow Plan
Loading Cashflow Plan for the First Time
Getting Started with Cashflow Plan
Using Cashflow Plan
Changing Cashflow Plan
Support & Assistance
Adapting Cashflow Plan to Different Business Types
How Quik-Plan Handles Assumptions
Guidance on Entering Assumptions
Calculation Error Messages

It is also supplied with a 100-page Word-based version of its manual and a series of Flash-based tutorials (running for 19 minutes) covering setting up Excel, getting started, the basics and using Quik-Plan.

This support is supplemented by regularly updated Frequently Answered Questions for Users - see also Support for Users and Frequently Asked Questions for Using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.

Because Cashflow Plan Free is extensively menu driven, minimal Excel expertise is required to use Cashflow Plan. At the same time, experienced spreadsheet users can use its open approach to extend and modify worksheets within Cashflow Plan Free. Very limited Excel expertise (e.g. creating simple formulae, inserting rows and similar) is needed to make some of the most powerful and useful changes to Cashflow Plan Free.

Intending users only need a (very) basic understanding of income statements, cash flow and balance sheets in order to get to grips with Cashflow Plan Free and from there they can easily graduate to more detailed and powerful versions of Cashflow Plan (details).

Quick Guide to Cashflow Plan Versions

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3. Download Cashflow Plan Free

Cashflow Plan Free is free but contains some initial restrictions. These are completely removed once you have registered (for free) and Cashflow Plan Free immediately becomes fully usable and useful both as a package in its own right and as a great introduction to the entire Cashflow Plan range. No strings attached, no spam or spyware !!! Note that our Privacy & Security Statement applies to all registered and unregistered users.

To download Cashflow Plan Free, go to Cashflow Plan's download page, scroll down to Free and select the appropriate download link. You may wish to temporarily bookmark this page to register Cashflow Plan Free (after it has been installed) using the form below!

Once Cashflow Plan Free has been downloaded (and unzipped, if appropriate), run the CASH*.EXE installation file and you will be guided through the simple installation procedures - refer to the README.DOC file for further guidance. You will be informed in README.DOC how to uninstall Cashflow Plan Free.

Once installed, do one of the following to run Cashflow Plan:

  • Select Cashflow Plan from the Start, Programs menu (W95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win7,8,10). Also, access Cashflow Plan Free's online help, accompanying manual (MANUAL.DOC) and tutorials using this menu.
    or
  • Load Excel and open the CASHPLAN.XLS file from within CASH* subdirectory or folder specified during installation (this may be located below the EXCEL subdirectory or MY DOCUMENTS folder)
Online Tutorial
View a Tutorial (2 minutes) on how to set up Excel (this is based on Exl-Plan Free which shares many common features with Cashflow Plan Free). *
* if using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, see the special Frequently Asked Questions about using Cashflow Plan with Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

VERY IMPORTANT:
To fully load Cashflow Plan Free, you may need to change Excel's security setting to Medium to allow Cashflow Plan's extensive macros to run (via Tools | Macro | Security) - click the thumbs below. For more help, refer to the Tutorial or to Loading and Running Problems at the Frequently Asked Questions for Newcomers.

This guidance relates to Excel 5, 7, 8, 95, 97, 2000, XP and 2003. If using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, see Frequently Asked Questions for Using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.

Click to display full size Click to display full size Click to display full size
Load Excel, select Tools, Macro, Security ... ... click Medium security level and close Excel. Reload Excel, load Cashflow Plan and, when prompted, enable macros.

This guidance relates to Excel 5, 7, 8, 95, 97, 2000, XP and 2003. If using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, see Frequently Asked Questions for Using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.

Support for Cashflow Plan Free

1. Cashflow Plan Free is unsupported but, for assistance, refer to its online help; accompanying MANUAL.DOC and README.DOC files; the Flash-based tutorials (running for 19 minutes) covering setting up Excel, getting started, the basics and using Quik-Plan; and the FAQ for Users. If using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, see FAQ for Using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.
2. When using Cashflow Plan, make regular backup copies of the file in use e.g. COPY-1.XLS, COPY-2.XLS, COPY-3.XLS and so on.

Note: Registered copies of Cashflow Plan Micro, Lite, Plus, Super and Ultra are fully supported.

For further information, refer to Installation & Running Notes.

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4. Cashflow Plan Free - Registration Instructions (Only relevant for earlier releases of Cashflow Plan Free)

IMPORTANT:
The current release of Cashflow Plan Free (downloadable from the Cashflow Plan download page) does NOT require registration - so ignore these instructions.

The following instructions are for users who acquired an earlier release of Cashflow Plan Free which requires registration. As an alternative to registration, you can download a copy of the latest release of Cashflow Plan Free which does not need registration from the Cashflow Plan download page. This may be faster and more convenient for most users.

Registration of Cashflow Plan Free is simple and completely free. No strings attached, no spam or spyware!!! Note that our Privacy & Security Statement applies to all registered and unregistered users.

To register:

  • Click to display full sizeDownload, install and run Cashflow Plan Free. Then, locate the Registration Code Number which is displayed in the form ???????-??-?? at the top right corner of the FRONT worksheet within Cashflow Plan - click the thumb opposite for guidance applicable to Cashflow Plan and Exl-Plan.

    and
  • Send an email to <cashfree@planware.org> quoting your unique Registration Code Number within the message's body and await receipt of an Unlock Code.
        or
  • Use the Registration Form below.
Online Tutorial
View a Tutorial (2 minutes) on how to set up Excel (this is based on Exl-Plan Free which shares many common features with Cashflow Plan Free). *
* if using Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, see the special Frequently Asked Questions about using Cashflow Plan with Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.

Depending on your time of day, time zone and day of week, allow between one and twelve hours to secure the unlock code by email (in plain text with no attachments). Note that:

    1. Our Privacy & Security Statement applies to all users.
    2. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, make contact again but double-check your email address - wrong email addresses are a problem! If you have recently registered, please, please don't register a second time - it won't speed up the process. In common with most Internet-based businesses, we operate extensive spam-filtering. If we don't respond to your request, check your original message to ensure that it is not "all caps", overly HTML-intensive or contains other spam-related elements, and then resend it.
    3. If your own email system uses aggressive anti-spam filtering, you may never receive our email containing your unlock code. You should temporarily add emails from "@planware.org" to your white or friends list, or allow messages containing the phrase "Cashflow Plan Free" to pass through your filters. Do this before you seek registration.
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5. Cashflow Plan Free - Registration Form (Only relevant for earlier releases of Cashflow Plan Free)

IMPORTANT:
The current release of Cashflow Plan Free (downloadable from the Cashflow Plan download page) does NOT require registration - so ignore these instructions.

The following Form is for users who acquired an earlier release of Cashflow Plan Free which requires registration. As an alternative to registration, you can download a copy of the latest release of Cashflow Plan Free which does not need registration from the Cashflow Plan download page. This may be faster and more convenient for most users.

Instead of sending an email, you can use the Registration Form below. You may wish to bookmark this page to return to it once you have accessed Cashflow Plan Free to secure its Registration Code Number.

Allow between one and twelve hours to secure the Unlock Code. Please register just once!

Name: (Essential)

Email: (Essential and double-check)
Email must be in general form of xxx@xxx.xx - we cannot make contact if your address is wrong! Don't blame us! Up to 5% of addresses are wrong!

Cashflow Plan Free Registration Number: (Essential)
This number is in the form ??????-??-?? and displayed in the top right corner of the FRONT worksheet of Cashflow Plan Free. You must install and run Cashflow Plan Free to see this number. If the number is not visible, please view this Tutorial (2 minutes) or check Loading and Running Problems for a simple fix. DO NOT invent a number as it will be rejected.

  
Please don't send multiple messages!

If you wish to make a comment etc., use this Contact Form.



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6. Other Cashflow Plan Versions

Cashflow Plan Free is the least detailed and powerful version in the Cashflow Plan range. All other versions generate comprehensive 12-month projections and incorporate many more variables and additional tools and facilities.

The following table offers you guidance on the suitability of all versions for different size firms. The complexity of your business, sector, detail/sophistication required, planning objectives and your expertise should also be considered.

Typical Projected
Annual Sales (US$/£stg) (Mln = millions):
<50k 100k 200k 300k 500k 750k 1 Mln 2 Mln 5 Mln 5 to 100+ Mln 
Free Suitable for High Level / Shorter Term
Micro OK Best OK
Lite No OK Best OK
Plus No OK Best OK
Super * No OK Best
Ultra * No OK Best
*Incorporates tool for consolidating projections (i.e. cash flow and income statements plus forecast balance sheets) for subsidiary businesses using a special Report for Consolidation. This linked to an additional workbook (Cashflow Plan Consolidator) which facilitates the consolidation process and includes tools for changing currencies/ denominations and eliminating inter-company transactions.


Quick Guide to Cashflow Plan Versions

The basic specifications and prices of the all versions of Cashflow Plan are summarized below:

Basic Specifications Free Micro Lite Plus Super Ultra
Time Horizon 6 Mths +
12 Weeks
12 Mths + 12 Weeks
Number of built-in formulae 2,900 5,900 6,600 7,700 14,400 16,100
Revenue/cost streams 1 1 2 4 6 10
Number of Reports 22 24 25 25 27 27
Number of Charts 10 10 10 10 10 10
Consolidation Facility No Yes
Sensitivity Analysis Tools 1 2 3
Prices (US$)
0
39
79
119
159
199

Visit other pages for more detailed information, trial downloads and purchase methods.



Note: If you need multi-year projections, have a look at Exl-Plan, our range of fully-integrated business finance planners which generate projections for 3-5-7 years ahead. Details and trial-version downloads.
Quick Guide to Exl-Plan Versions

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